Effective use of drought forecasts is critical for farmers to make well-informed decisions. A drought early warning system (DEWS) is especially important for stakeholders in rainfed agriculture, since without irrigation, little can be done to protect against droughts once a crop is planted. Despite the tremendous efforts to improve the quality, applicability, and delivery of drought forecasts in recent years, many farmers do not utilize drought forecast information provided by NOAA and others, especially in the Midwest.
This project, through a focus group study, one-on-one interviews with farmers, and surveys, advances our understanding of farmers' current attitudes towards and response to drought forecast information. This project will provide recommendations to NOAA and others to improve the use of forecast information by farmers.
For more information, please contact: Molly Woloszyn (firstname.lastname@example.org)